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01.07.02 08:15 PM

It's snowing

It's snowing and I really wish it would stick. I hate all this wet stuff.

Like most everyone else, I am contemplating the best of 2001. And no, I am not making any resolutions. I have set goals, but that's an entirely different story. I'm just sitting back and contemplating some of my best of lists...I guess I'll do music, films, TV shows, Websites, tech gadgets, etc. Not sure yet, but it's a wish list. Come back later this week, or early next week if you want to see what I came up with.

2002 seems to have some nice things in store for us. Have you seen the latest iMac yet? Thanks to Formica and allaboutgeorge, I remembered that Macworld SF is popping and that Jobs announced the new line of Apple products. The biggest thing going is the new iMac. I haven't finalized all my thoughts about it yet, but it looks great. Feel free to email your thoughts, maybe I'll post them.

Here's what Cecily and I discussed about Apple today on Cecily's Formica site:

Comments

Lynne had this to say on January 7, 2002 12:01:00 PM
I swear, I love Apple. Innovatice designers. But do they ever look at form .vs. function? Damn.

cecily had this to say on January 7, 2002 12:10:00 PM
I'm not sure what you mean, Lynne. The new iMac is a blend of form PLUS function. The high end iMac (at $1899) is the same machine (in a smaller package) as the high-end professional G4 that was released last year for over $4000. It's ergonomic (that flat panel monitor literally floats in space), it has a small footprint, the design is integral to Apple's "digital hub" lifestyle (because of the smaller footprint, you can get more of your peripherals hooked up to the machine and not take up quite so much desktop real estate). It has five USB ports, two firewire ports, and is available with a combo CD/DVD drive or the much cooler SuperDrive (CD/CD-RW/DVD). All this plus an 800 Mhz G4 chip, 32 MB of video RAM, 256 MB RAM (for the high end iMac) and a completely re-invented operating system...if that's not functional, I don't know what is.

Lynne had this to say on January 7, 2002 12:18:00 PM
sorry just looked at the pic. hadn't read up on it yet. just visited www.allaboutgeorge.com to do so. looking at it reminded me of the newton, that's all. i just get frustrated that apple is always ahead of the curve, but somehow doesn't seem to ever control market share. 1: GUI...windows should have never been able to take over. 2 PDAs...Palm is what apple should have been. (and there's more, I know there is.) Like I said, I love apple to death. But sometimes, I just wonder if the philosophy of the company is to simply be cool...and that's it. Maybe you get where I am coming from now.

Cecily had this to say on January 7, 2002 12:42:00 PM
Ah, now I see your point. The thing is, I don't think Apple's ever been about market share. Okay, they were at the beginning, but since Jobs came back, he's less concerned about dominating the market than he is on trading on his caché of cool. He doesn't want Apple to lose the image of being the brand for hip, creative, cutting edge people who are more concerned with doing than tweaking their systems. I don't think he wants people to look at their systems as just a tool, a big impersonal hulking thing that helps them get their work done. He seems to be committed to showing how the skillful integration of hardware, operating system, software and now peripherals (thanks to the iPod) is becoming an integral part of modern life, and the way to take harness the power of this modern digital existence is to go Apple. All the better if the stuff you're using has a futuristic edge.

The eye candy gets people in the door, makes them want to put their hands on the machine. Once their hands are on it, they'll want to own it. They'll want to learn, to push the hardware to it's boundaries. They're only limited by their imagination, and all that there kind of corporate speak.

However, he did make a point of saying that he feels that this current product line (from the iMacs and iBooks to the Pro G4 and TiBook) should help make Apple more marketable to "businesses big and small" and not just to creatives.

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